If you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you will receive free maternity care unless you choose a private obstetrician or private sonographer.
First things first.
The vast majority of babies are born in hospitals. She (or he) will be with you throughout your pregnancy and will be there when you give birth. While midwifery is free in New Zealand, a private midwife costs between $3,000 and $4,000.
Most women in New Zealand can choose free maternity services. Find out if you can get free maternity care. Note that if you choose to see a specialist, you will have to pay for your maternity care. Visit Find your midwife or talk to your doctor or nurse about finding a midwife in your area.
Midwives provide free maternity care to all eligible women in New Zealand and the vast majority of New Zealand women have a midwife as their lead maternity nurse. LMC midwives work with other healthcare team members when women need additional care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or the postpartum period.
Your children born in New Zealand are automatically New Zealand citizens. Your children’s citizenship will be registered at the same time as your baby’s birth is registered [L2]. You cannot pass citizenship on to children born outside of New Zealand. You must apply for New Zealand citizenship.
You do not need a health card or family doctor card to take advantage of free prenatal care. The maternity and infant care program means you have appointments with your GP throughout your pregnancy. Appointments with midwives or an obstetrician during your pregnancy.
Most maternity benefits are free for women who meet the above criteria. Fees may apply for prenatal or childbirth classes and some tests at a private laboratory. Fees may also apply for ultrasound scans. Private obstetricians and private maternity hospitals also charge a fee.
Mothers of babies born in New Zealand are entitled to free basic care during and after pregnancy.
Some hospitals are too small to have an anesthetist available for Delivery Suite epidurals, so there may be delays as the anesthesiologist attends to other emergencies. Maternity care is free for all eligible women in New Zealand based on residency status. Epidural anesthesia is included in this complimentary treatment.
Free or subsidized maternity care
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You can choose where to have your baby – at home, in a birth center or small maternity ward, or in a hospital. Women who give birth at home, in a birthing center, or in a small maternity unit are more likely to have a normal birth than women who give birth in hospital.
Find your midwife
If you are unable to find a midwife to lead maternity care, then please call the community midwifery team at your local hospital. They offer you midwife care and can even put you in contact with a midwife if and when one is available.
If a child born in New Zealand is not eligible for New Zealand citizenship at birth, they are considered a visa holder if one of the parents holds a visa at the time of the child’s birth. The exact type of visa that a child born in New Zealand is required to hold depends on the visas held by the child’s parents when the child was born.
In the US, the average cost of a vaginal birth is $13,024, including standard pre- and post-delivery costs such as facility fees and doctor’s fees. A cesarean section (C-section) is much more expensive, averaging $22,646, including standard pre- and post-partum costs.
To apply for citizenship, you must have been a resident of New Zealand for at least 5 years and have only traveled from New Zealand for a short time each year. You must therefore have resided in New Zealand on a residency visa for a total of at least 1,350 days and at least 240 days in each of those 5 years.